December 22, 2010
Federal Communications Commission Chairman Julius Genachowski layered compromise upon compromise to get the commission's approval Tuesday for a Net neutrality proposal that at least some major Internet and telecommunications companies can live with. Those compromises disappointed advocates of a strong rule, and they weren't enough to placate Republicans who oppose the very idea of regulating broadband providers. Nevertheless, the result is both workable and necessary. At issue is the control broadband providers such as AT&T and Comcast can wield over the content, services and applications that are available online.
February 24, 2014 |
Netflix is paying cable giant Comcast a pile of cash for what the companies say will be "no preferential network treatment. " Sure, because corporations routinely give money to one another just for the fun of it. The reality is that Netflix is handing Comcast an unspecified chunk of change, likely millions of dollars, for what they say is a "more direct connection" to the cable company's broadband network. That's preferential treatment. And that's not necessarily a bad thing.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
March 12, 2012 |
Here on the shoulder of the information superhighway, smartphones turn stupid, streaming videos shrink to a trickle and a simple download drags like a flat tire. Darwin is a former mining town cloistered in the high desert mountains between Death Valley National Park and the China Lake naval weapons testing center. Finding it isn't easy - a sign that marked the turnoff from California Highway 190 was stolen recently. In Darwin, there is no food, gas or lodging - or any businesses, for that matter.
July 20, 2009 |
Expanding high-speed Internet access throughout the United States is a top priority for Julius Genachowski as he starts his term as chairman of the Federal Communications Commission. Genachowski and the agency are charged by President Obama and Congress with helping to ensure that all Americans can participate in the ongoing technological revolution that is integrating broadband with television and other devices beyond the computer.
January 22, 2013 |
Google Fiber, the Internet search giant's super-fast Internet experiment in Kansas City, Mo., that operates at a speed 100 times faster than a typical broadband connection, could be coming to a city near you. During Google's fourth-quarter earnings call, Google Chief Executive Larry Page and Chief Financial Officer Patrick Pichette made it clear Google Fiber is not a "hobby" for the company. "It's been great to see the success there with the initial roll-out," Page said. He cautioned: "We are still in the very early stages of it. " But he emphasized: "We are excited about the possibilities there.
November 30, 1999
LMKI Inc. in Santa Ana, which provides broadband communications services, said Monday that it has secured a $5-million private placement agreement with WEC Asset Management LLC in New York. Proceeds will be used for LMKI's working capital and pursuit of acquisitions.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
August 2, 1999
Robert Scheer got it wrong when he accused AOL of wanting it both ways regarding government intervention in the Internet (Column Left, July 27). In the very near future consumers will be using broadband services to connect to the Internet. Decisions made today about broadband connections will have far-reaching implications for the future shape of the Internet. Whether broadband access and architecture are open and competitive or closely controlled by a cable monopoly will affect whether free and diverse speech continues to thrive, whether noncommercial and civic content is accessible, whether local e-commerce is sustainable and the cost, availability and service choices for consumers.
April 23, 2014 |
AT&T's announcement that it might extend ultra-high-speed broadband service to Los Angeles and dozens of other communities across the country was greeted with no small amount of skepticism from the digital punditocracy. "Don't celebrate yet," warned Ars Technica. "More hype than hope," suggested Latin Post. And there does seem to be a bit of gamesmanship going on between AT&T and Google, which has also made a habit of announcing potential, rather than actual, deployments of gigabit-speed Internet services.
December 16, 2001
Re: "So Much for the Broadband Revolution," Dec. 6: I was an Excite@Home subscriber for five months before being migrated to Adelphia PowerLink this month. During those five months, Excite@Home never charged my credit card a penny for the service. In fact, they issued me a puzzlingly generous $12.75 credit in each of the first four months. I doubt that every customer was as lucky, but I probably wasn't the only one. So perhaps the sluggish economy and consumers' hesitance to pay a premium for broadband are less to blame for Excite@ Home's downfall than the simple fact that the company lacked a functioning billing system.
March 1, 1996
Your article describing Pacific Bell's decision to redirect its "information highway" construction program was factually accurate but the headline was misleading ("PacBell Pulls the Plug on Vaunted High-Tech Plan," Jan. 26). Yes, conditions have caused Pacific Bell to suspend its broadband construction schedule in Los Angeles, but Orange County telecommunications customers (as well as those in San Diego and San Jose) will be among the first in the state to enjoy "the opportunity for our community to be in the forefront of new media services," as one of your sources put it. Contrary to the tone of your headline, Pacific Bell will spend more on broadband construction in Orange County this year than last.